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TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, Landmine Monitor Report 2001
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Key developments since May 2000: Trinidad and Tobago became the first Caribbean state to adopt domestic implementing legislation in September 2000.

Trinidad and Tobago signed the Mine Ban Treaty on 4 December 1997, ratified on 27 April 1998 and the treaty entered into force on 1 March 1999. On 28 September 2000, the Anti-Personnel Mines Act, 2000 was adopted and Trinidad and Tobago thus became the first Caribbean state to adopt domestic implementing legislation.[1] The legislation includes comprehensive prohibitions on antipersonnel mines and provides for penal sanctions including fines of up to $50,000 [approximately US$8,000] and imprisonment of up to seven years.[2] Trinidad and Tobago has not yet submitted its initial Article 7 transparency report, due 28 August 1999. It voted in favor of UN General Assembly Resolution 55/33V, in support of the Mine Ban Treaty. Trinidad and Tobago has never produced, stockpiled, transferred, or used antipersonnel mines and is not mine-affected.[3]

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[1] Anti-Personnel Mines Act, 2000 (Act No. 48 of 2000), printed in Legal Supplement Part A to the Trinidad and Tobago Gazette, Vol. 39, No. 193, 5 October 2000. The legislation is reprinted in the International Committee of the Red Cross, “Information Kit on the Development of National Legislation to Implement the Convention on the Prohibition of Anti-personnel Mines, presented to the intersessional Standing Committee on General Status and Operation of the Convention, Geneva, 11 May 2001. This kit was prepared with the assistance of Belgium and the ICBL.
[2] Article 15 (1), Anti-Personnel Mines Act, 2000 (48/2000).
[3] Telephone interview with C.S. Arunachalam, Assistant Chief Parliamentary Counsel, 17 July 2000.